South Devon College

FdA Early Years, Care and Education

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CAE102 Children - Moving, Growing, Playing and Learning

      This module is designed to introduce important aspects of children's physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development through play activity. The theories of play will be considered and critically appraised as to their applicability in particular circumstances. Children's play will be observed and analysed and related to appropriate theories.

    • CAE104 Working with Colleagues in the Early Years

      An introduction to some of the complexities and problems of working as a member of a decision making group within professional practice. A further analysis of some of the theoretical understandings and an opportunity to apply these in practice, notions such as leadership, control, decision making, argument and persuasion are explored.

    • CAE105 Equal Opportunities in the Early Years (0-8 Yrs)

      The module focuses on notions of equal opportunities as a way of investigating important issues in current practice with children and their families in the early years. It offers opportunities to compare theoretical positions with personal experience which may then be validated through observation and discussion of equal opportunity issues. The study may use instances related to gender, race, religion, and culture.

    • CAE108 Studying Children in Context

      Module has two related purposes: (a) to provide an understanding of child study as a systematic approach to learning about young children and their development; (b) to help students to develop an understanding of research methodology in the early years with particular emphasis on systematic observation in naturalistic settings.

    • SOUD1274 Being a Child Today

      The diversity of young children's experiences and the importance of the context of their everyday life will be explored. This is set within the broader context of the complexity and diversity of family life in Britain today. Skills of systematic observation will be practiced alongside a focus on ethical issues related to observing young children in family settings.

    • SOUD1382 Developing Research and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CAE202 The Powerful Child

      Children have an extraordinary capacity for learning, even from before the moment of birth. This module will introduce some of the methods that have been used to explore the nature of infants¿ development and learning. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and playful understanding of relationships between theoretical models and research findings.

    • CAE203 Developing Communication in the Early Years

      This module has two related purposes: to give students a sound understanding of how children develop their ability to communicate and to help them develop their own communication skills. Language development is a central focus, but set within a wider understanding of different forms of communication.

    • SOUD2005 Safeguarding Children and Young People

      This module identifies key developments of social welfare interventions. The historical impact of child protection and the rights and responsibilities to children and implications within practice settings.

    • SOUD2093 Independent Study Module (Work Based Learning)

      To engage student in research into subject of interest within the framework of the Foundation Degree programme in order to increase knowledge base and increase good practice.

    • SOUD2333 Becoming a Person

    • SOUD2334 Early Childhood; A Comparative Perspective

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College